March 19, 2009 05:55:53pm
Ok, I am still alive
Here's an update on what's going on at the "netlabel".
I grow more annoyed at the vibe and atmosphere of the "netlabel" concept each day. There seems to be an emphasis on the soon to be extinct MP3 format for some strange reason. Most of the music is fairly boring and confined to strict little subgenres of crappy techno and reminds of me of neutered royalty free background music for car commercials. I have uploaded a fews days straight worth of music of various quality spanning over 20 years and yet for some reason have never been listed on the front of the netlabel collection list of labels? Some of the ones up there have 0 items, that is right 0 items. The curaror of the collection's own label is SURPRIZE! listed as the top one, every time... no shock there and no worries. No one there will read this anyway... shit for that matter I imagine only 4 or 5 of you will read this at all (you know who you are, weirdos) and my own "artists" and fellow musical collaborators won't be on that list. Facebook sucks, myspace sucks, politics sucks.
Ok, I have vented... back to the music.
I have in possession at least 10 or so songs worth of vocals from the infamous Deadman that I am working on and am considering releasing them altogether instead of trickling them out 1 or 2 or 3 tracks at a time. I have also decided to stop rushing stuff out in a symbolic spaghetti on the wall- see which one's stick mentality of the past. I think it's time to go for quality instead of quantity.
Although some real gems (in my opinion) have come out of the shotgun production assemblyline release of as many songs as possible, I am growing more critical of the production quality. Now that I have a professional feature filled DAW, I have no excuse to release mediocre and ok songs with obvious sonic flaws and rushed results. And even though I give less shits than a bolemic titmouse about what people think about the music, I cringe at some of the audio retardation throughout the songs. No more, well that's as good as I can make it. I want this to be fun and therapeutic but I also want to be proud and achieve some satisfaction in the accomplishment.
Anyway, here is what you can expect in the near future (plans are subject to change at any time for any reason, past performance is not a guarantee of future results, read your probiscous carefully):
A gangster rap NWA inspired jam with as many curse words and offensive and crude but educational afronts to the english language that you can shake a machete at. This song is 95% done and may or may not be released as part of a big multi-track release. It was to be a stealth release under a pseudonym (and still might, again, there are only 10 eyes seeing this... it will be out little inside joke on the 80 people who hear it and don't know).
A strange Zappa/Grateful Dead/Funk inspired megajam topping at a little under 8 minutes long that is about 90% done is also in the works. It's another humorous look at an old local deadhead and his psychonaut disciples in cult like flower power struggle for world domination through whistling in defiance of the police (long story). It demonstrates some cool guitar riffs and my Magical Musical Thing VSTi (virtual studio technology instrument) that I created with SynthEdit. I heard the Faykers were going to release it, but who knows.
There is another related song to the previous song but I honestly cannot tell you what style it is or when it will be done. There are too many damn songs.
There is a heavy groove metal song with some sweetly rendered crunchy geetar and some slamming drums. Lyrics are done and I need to lay down some bass and maybe some weird noises or something to make a joke out of another potentially serious song.
There is a generic 8 bar per change mindless dance track at a unimaginative 120 bpm for the netlabel enthusiasts that may or not contain lyrics, whow knows? Better yet, who cares? It does have a cool beat througout and uses some vintage 1990's samples from the CD rom that came with my Alesis QS6. I'm streaming it on my laptop now through my wireless network from the hard drive on the PC downstairs... that is still a novelty to me.
I have a frantic bad trip inspired 170 bpm Jungle/Drum and Bass laden audio seizure that is probably annoying to the singer in my fake band and will probably be vocal free and I don't blame the Deadman, try singing over a 170bpm erratic assault of electronic dissonance. Both of these are skeleton tracks right now and aside from some bass and some synth work will be kept minimally simple.
I have a noisy lofi tribute to my first band "Warfare" based on samples from a band practice tape from the late mid 1980's. Not sure why I started it but my bipolar OCD will not let me delete anything, sorry. Deadman may or may not appear on it, but since he sang for that band it would be neat.
I have a down tempo leaning trancelike jam featuring Indian musical instruments awaiting lyrics and bass and maybe some dirty blues guitar shredding, we'll see...
I have a potentially controversial and musically genocidal look at politically incorrect subject matter with war and sci-fi inspired noises in the very early stages of completion. This one will be sure to offend, I cannot wait.
I have yet another slightly Grateful Dead inspired song with a funky beat that is currently sounding like a crash test dummy dance mix but I will fix that noise real quick cracka. Something sounds out of tune, maybe the bass will reinforce the fundamental notes and congeal things a bit... I tune up before every recording session these days (I didn't used to, I though it killed the spontaneous creation process... what a stubborn asshole...)
I have 2 songs of pseudo thrash assembled from a deconstructed guitar track from an an old 6-track cassette recording (anyone remember them?). It features my old guitar player shredding at the peak of his neo-classical acrobatic ability and originates from the early 1990's but sounds refreshingly new and clean. I split the two parts in different tempo's because I am a lazy bastard who was using shitty software at the time and did not know how to merge different tempos not divisible by each other and two in the same project. They will be cool and heavy and when the vocals are done will be 75% of the original band "warfare", I do have drum samples from the drummer... hmmm.
I have a sad/happy 280/140 bpm vintage rhodes over freestyle jazz drum project that is sure to be a slightly monotonouse but technically entertaining feel good song of the spring, or summer or fall, it has a great build up after he fairly cliche changes in the beginning. I go ape shit on the keys in a sophisticated but ignorant fashion. You will love it like your grandmother's goiter.
I have a funkified remix of debussy's arabesque with some cheesy ass ska elements thrown in to upset genre purists. Deadman has a story to tell you while the cascading and soothing daydream notes are played on an old electric piano in real stereo! I still picture that weird stargazer guy that used to be on tv late at night talking about comet showers and stuff while we dosed.
I have a thick shaft... I mean a thick track of percussive funk with lyrics and no music, including the apache break or the amen break or some other over used and under creative beat you have heard a million times. What's a musical nutjob to do? I could be working on it now instead of typing this... whatever.
I have a disco beat with flamenco sounding, almost mandolin like guitar flavor that could be mistaken for an "eyes of the world" extended jam on a few energy drinks that again draws on the psychadelic jam band and an almost late beatles vibe with an almost sarcastic or ironic cadence that devolves into a rave infused salvia or datura induced breakdown on the molecular level and weaves in and out of organic and mechanic dimensions in an attempt to unify the cybernetic and the dislexic... whatever that means.
Oh and another "new wage" heart breaking happy/sad generic joe jacksonesque sloppy minor chord tribute to ben fold's five just waiting for some dirty distorted bass to compliment the vocals and maybe some sad but triumphant guitar whaling to bring it home to poppa smurf, full frontal. The "faith no more" induced drum break will break up the monotony and add some rythmic variation as well, just in time for a salsa/mango/tango/cha-cha cuban jazz outro... this one will be interesting...
There are a few more, shit I think I deleted one by accident... maybe I'll go downstairs and investigate...
Anyway... school and work are kicking my ass but I know the half dozen of the hardcore noise fans are wondering, "wasn't there some strange angry dude posting songs all the time and making inappropriate comments on here?", so just wanted to let you all know it is to be continued... stay tuned.